"When you enter into your class that will be about 18 people big, you will come face to face with a professor who most likely holds a terminal degree in their field (usually a PhD). These professors are quite literally top experts in the field that that they all so passionately teach about and we, with our small classes sizes and 9:1 student to faculty ratio, get to learn directly from them"

Check out more from a post by recent anthropology alum Chloe Serkissian '18: Faculty: They're Just Like Us! (Only with PhDs) then check out all our Faculty bios below!


  • Eunice Blavascunas

    Eunice Blavascunas

    Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies (Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz 2008)

    Specialties: Environmental Anthropology, Environmental History, Science Technology Studies, Political Ecology, Sustainability, Animal Studies, Postsocialist Anthropology, Forest and Conservation Management, Peasant Studies

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  • Rachel George

    Rachel George

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles 2014)

    Specialties: Cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, ethnographic methods, and the anthropology of digital media.

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  • Soo-Young Kim

    Soo-Young Kim

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D. Columbia University 2017)

    Specialties: economic anthropology, anthropology of the future, anthropology of expertise, science and technology studies, social studies of the economy, anthropological theory, Greece, Europe, EU.

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  • Charles F. McKhann

    Professor (Ph.D. University of Chicago 1992)

    Specialties: Anthropology and history, ethnicity, kinship and social organization, anthropology of religion; China, Tibeto-Burman peoples.

  • Suzanne Morrissey

    Suzanne Morrissey

    Associate Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D. Syracuse University 2006)

    Specialties: Medical Anthropology, Urban Studies, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Women’s Health, HIV/AIDS, Health Services Research, Program Evaluation Studies; North America.

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  • Jason Pribilsky

    Jason Pribilsky

    Department Chair and Professor (Ph.D. Syracuse University 2003)

    Specialties: Ecuadorian and Peruvian Andes; Urban United States (New York City); medical anthropology; science studies; applied anthropology; history of anthropology; ethnographic methods; migration and transnationalism; indigenous identity and activism.

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  • Gary Rollefson

    Gary Rollefson

    Professor Emeritus and Research Associate, Anthropology, Whitman College and Professor Emeritus, Anthropology, San Diego State University

    Specialties: Near Eastern prehistoric archeology, prehistoric religion; Jordan, Saudi Arabia.

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  • Özge Serin

    Özge Serin

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Politics

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    (509) 524-2008

    Özge Serin is a political anthropologist and an emerging documentary filmmaker. Her scholarship centers around histories of radical politics, formations of violence, and carceral cultures with a particular focus on the temporal structure of hunger striking, its modes of strategic functioning, its communicative force and ethical vicissitudes.

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  • Stan Thayne

    Stan Thayne

    Lecturer of Anthropology, Environmental Studies and Religion

    Specialties: Religion in American Indian nations, ethnography, settler colonial studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, anthropology and religion, borderlands, diaspora, religion and the environment.

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  • Xiaobo Yuan

    Xiaobo Yuan

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Religion (PhD, University of Chicago 2017). On Sabbatical Leave, Fall 2021

    Specialties: China and Chinese diaspora; anthropology of global Christianity, religion and politics, anthropology of the state, urbanization in East Asia, Post-Socialism.

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